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“Do you like great food or do you need to feel special?”
Review of Wu Liang Ye

Wu Liang Ye
Ranked #3,052 of 13,630 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Midtown
Montreal, Canada
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111 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Do you like great food or do you need to feel special?”
Reviewed December 2, 2012 via mobile

Wu Liang Ye is amazing if you like spicy and salty Sczechuan style food. The spicy dishes are loaded with chiles and the flavours in general are dominating. Some of the dishes are clearly not for the sanitized North American palete with chunks of skin / bone and such. Everything is delicious. Dan Dan noodles are garlicky and spicy, Hunan Chicken deliciously tangy with good heat, garlic eggplant self explanatory. They do have some tamer dishes and classic Chinese favorited (like crispy duck). I have eaten here (including a LOT of takeout) literally hundreds of times since I used to work next door in Rockefeller Plaza. Never a bad meal.
HOWEVER
The wait times can be crazy, especially for lunch (they do take out if you work nearby and have good value options). The warmth of the staff is generally inverse to the spicyness of the food. Are you used to being treated like "somebody"? You have been warned; you are going to be very disappointed. Regulars know its all worth it but you may not figure out the menu or the pace (fast!) on your first visit and hence not feel welcomed. There is a big line and they do a booming business so if you don't like it.....
Decor is also totally lacking since it looks exactly like you would imagine a dingy and dodgy back alley joint to look in the "bad" part of town in some stereotyped Chinese mafia movie.

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Binghamton, New York
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Really good Sichuan”
Reviewed November 19, 2012

Interesting, and sufficiently seasoned Sichuan food. Polite, straight forward service. Full bar. Delivers as promised

Visited November 2012
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Thank Elliot16
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Mass.
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105 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Decent food, authentic atmosphere”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

Ate here on a Friday night. Was not very busy, much to our surprise. Food was very good, but not as great as expected.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank GardenG
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NYC
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great food, indifferent service”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

The most authentic Sichuan food in Manhattan (you need to trek to Queens for better). The patrons around you (many well heeled mainland tourists quaffing $250 bottles of the eponymous Wu Liang Ye liquor) reinforce this fact. Service also authentic, i.e. efficient but brusque/indifferent. Do come and be prepared to feast. Don't bother with delivery, it is often late/incorrect/missing items.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank breukelen
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New York City, New York
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229 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 276 helpful votes
“Average...wish it were better!”
Reviewed November 3, 2012

Visited this place for lunch - and it seems to be extremely popular. Were alloted this really tiny table - in a tight corner - not really enough for two. This place has the feel of a well - oiled machine and everything including your meal has to work as per that! We ordered for a soup, a chicken main (it said spicy in their menu) and rice. The soup was very nice and the service was very fast (remember well - oiled machinery!). We wanted to eat something spicy - but the chicken that was served was well....more chillies and less chicken. There were so many chillies in the dish that we had to actually hunt out the chicken from it. I can eat spicy food (really spicy food too, coming from India)...but this was too much!. Overall an average dining experience...wish they were not in such a hurry to clear out the tables and wish they had not overdone the chilly bit...Left with a full stomach but not much of a dining experience! And yes, my ears and insides were burning so much that I had to hunt up an ice cream in an emergency...

  • Visited October 2012
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